Height of adventure: Saudi in his 70s a step closer to Everest

SUMMIT IN SIGHT: Al-Ghamdi at the Everest base camp.
Updated 14 August 2016

Height of adventure: Saudi in his 70s a step closer to Everest

JEDDAH: Ahmed Mohammed Jam’an Al-Ghamdi from Baha has proved to the world that life begins after retirement if you are an optimist.
End of service at Aramco actually paved the way for him to start trekking in the hilly areas of the Kingdom.
Soon, he discovered the immense stamina and strength in him and set his sights on Mount Everest.
Al-Ghamdi, who is in his 70s, is now at the base camp of the Everest along with a group of 10 climbers, including a 19-year-old boy from Qasim.
Reaching the base camp was not a cakewalk. It was a 13-day, grueling trek in the Himalayas in Nepal.
At the base camp, the septuagenarian renewed his pledge for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. Al-Ghamdi praised his wife for bringing up his four sons and four daughters.
In a letter to his wife, Al-Ghamdi wrote: “I must salute you from the heights of the Himalayas for bringing up my children in an exemplary manner. It took 13 days to climb the mountains — around eight days covering 70 km to climb up and five days to cover a distance of about 70 km climbing down.”
He said that when he reached a cliff, which is known for avalanches, he took the opportunity to remember his wife.
Al-Ghamdi said that he wants to convey the message that age is never an obstacle. “It was a successful journey without any tiredness, illnesses or injuries for any of our team members.”
Born in 1368 A.H. in Baha, Al-Ghamdi did his graduation from King Saud University in 1394 A.H. and masters from King Abdulaziz University in 1398 A.H.
He worked as a geological consultant for Aramco.
The video clip of the elderly Saudi man has gone viral on social media and it is attracting likes in large numbers.

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Updated 30 May 2020

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow.

The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar.

A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others.

The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460.

The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities "to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all".

Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew "represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels."
"The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions," said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance.

Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis.

It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.